Since 2001, Anybill has automated accounts payable for small- to medium-enterprises (SME) as well as some of the world’s largest corporations and institutions.
Because accounts payable—in all its iterations, including tax payments—is all we do, we’re able to provide innovative and effective software that’s wed to superior customer service.
We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., are SAS 70 (Type II) compliant, and maintain strategic relationships with regional and national CPA firms such as RAFFA, BDO Seidman, KPMG and Ernst & Young.
Q&A with Austin Ayers, Network Administrator
Why did your organization decide to move to Office 365?
I have never worked with a partner that provided such a detailed, documented, and organized project plan.
At Anybill our primary objectives for technological infrastructure are: High availability, flexibility and scalability, ease of use, and ease of management.
At Anybill our workforce has quadrupled in the past three years. We found that our internal infrastructure was requiring more resources with high hardware turnover. We were outgrowing our hardware shortly after implementing it! Office 365 provides us high availability with on demand scalability. A conservative cost comparison showed that investing in O365 suite would cost nearly the equivalent of on-premise email only. Then MS reduced the licensing prices, and we had not taken into consideration the shorter than usual lifespan of our hardware due to the rapid growth.
How has Office 365 impacted your organization?
So far the Office 365 Suite has improved our collaborative efforts with the newest office software. Its design is much more friendly in collaborative environments where multiple users are accessing and sharing files. Lync has impacted multiple departments in different ways. It has helped our staff with the ability to provide their co-workers with their availability and allows for simple, traceable collaboration on messages from within outlook.
Exchange Online has made management of our environment simple and customization beyond what I could have expected. People have even praised OWA as a fully functional email client and not just a last resort for accessing email. SharePoint has yet to be deployed enterprise wide; however, our department’s project collaboration has exploded with the ease of access and organization inherent in SharePoint. It has also allowed centralized collaboration at the project level all the way down to the document level.
Would you recommend Office 365 to others?
From an administrative perspective, the peace of mind afforded by the technology industry leader is invaluable. Additionally managment is so simple our CTO is capable of doing it.
From an end user perspective, the new service and software suite make communication, collaboration, and organization second nature. The value of centralized collaboration platform; email, IM, CMS, and desktop software, all that reside outside of the more volatile internal infrastructure is immeasurable.
How would you describe your experience with CloudBearing?
CloudBearing seems to be one of the few companies that really knows how to leverage technology to improve processes without complicating them.. I have never worked with a partner that provided such a detailed, documented, and organized project plan.